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South Coast newsman heads west as regional daily’s new editor

Pete GavanA new editor has been appointed to take charge of a regional daily and two sister weeklies in Wiltshire.

Newsquest has announced Pete Gavan, left, will take over as editor of the Swindon Advertiser following the departure of Gary Lawrence in August.

Pete is currently head of audience at Portsmouth daily The News, where he is responsible for online readership growth.

He will also have responsibility for the Wiltshire Times and Wiltshire Gazette & Herald in his new role as editor/head of content for Newsquest Wiltshire, which he begins on 2 January.

He said: “This is my first editorship and I’m delighted it’s at the helm of such an excellent group of titles.

“The area is a great patch for news and I’m very much looking forward to getting started in the New Year.”

Pete began his career at the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard, a sister weekly to his three new titles, before moving to the Gloucestershire Echo as a reporter, sub-editor and chief sub-editor.

He switched to The News as chief sub in 2007, before taking on the roles of deputy head of content and then head of content in Portsmouth.

In a message to staff announcing Pete’s appointment, Newsquest Wiltshire managing director Chris Moore said: “I am confident that Pete will add additional value to our fantastic editorial team in Wiltshire and I am sure you will all join me in wishing him well in his new role as we welcome him into our business.”

Prior to his departure, Gary had been responsible for both the Oxford Mail and the Advertiser in his role as regional editor for Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

After he left, Mail managing editor Sara Taylor took interim charge in Oxford while Advertiser deputy editor Michelle Tompkins did the same in Swindon.

Newsquest has yet to confirm when a new permanent editor will be appointed in Oxford.


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  • November 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    ‘Head of Audience’? I’ve heard it all now!!!

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  • November 22, 2017 at 10:07 am

    First editorship and running three publications. Say no more.

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  • November 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I think you’ll find he’s heading north, not west…

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